Other Services We Provide for Muskingum County

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Dissolution of Marriage

Dissolution.  For a dissolution you and your spouse agree on all matters of the division of debts, the division of assets, and the custody of the minor children. This is the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to terminate your marriage. If you cannot agree on everything or if your spouse will not appear in Court, you must file a divorce.

  

In a Dissolution, both parties sign a Separation Agreement which is filed with the Court.  After 5 to 7 weeks both parties appear in Court for a hearing to finalize the marriage.  If there are minor children involved, both parties are required to complete a Parenting Seminar.

  

Fees & Costs.  

A dissolution with minor children normally costs attorney fees of $500.00 plus $200.00 court costs = $700.00.  


A dissolution without minor children normally costs attorney fees of $400.00 plus $175.00 court costs = $575.00.  


Shared Parenting Plans are $125.00 extra.


You need to pay a Retainer of $350.00 and then pay the remainder before your case is filed. 


*Fees may be more for cases that require more than the average amount of time usually required for a normal dissolution case.  Fees are subject to change and will be updated on this site as soon as possible.

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Uncontested Divorce

Uncontested Divorce.  An uncontested divorce is a divorce wherein both parties agree to the divorce and sign a Separation Agreement on the division of debts, the division of assets, and all matters in regard to the minor children.  After an agreement is reached, the parties sign a Separation Agreement which is filed with the Court along with a Divorce Complaint and the spouse is served with a copy of the pleadings.  The Court sets the divorce for hearing and only the Plaintiff (the spouse who first started the divorce and filed the Complaint) is required to attend the hearing although both parties can attend the hearing.  If minor children are involved, you are required to complete a Parenting Seminar.


Fees & Costs.

For an Uncontested Divorce the initial court costs are $225.00, and attorney fees are $600.00 = $825.00 Total.  Shared Parenting Plans are $125.00 extra.


*Fees may be more for cases that require more than the average amount of time usually required for a normal uncontested divorce case.  Fees are subject to change and will be updated on this site as soon as possible. 

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Real Estate

Deed Preparation, Land Contract Preparation

  

WARRANTY DEED:  An owner transferring property by way of a general warranty deed is providing a warranty to the buyer (the grantee) for any and all prior problems with title, not just title issues that occurred during the owner's period of ownership.


SURVIVORSHIP DEED:  An owner transferring property by way of a survivorship deed transfers their interest to themselves and at least one other person OR transfers their interest to 2 or more people. The effect of this type of deed is that when one of the people receiving the interest dies, the deceased’s interest will pass to the remaining living owners. The transfer is accomplished by filing an affidavit with the death certificate in the Recorder’s Office.


QUIT CLAIM DEED: A quit claim deed is a written document that transfers the title (ownership) of real property such as a home or piece of land.  A quit claim deed offers no warranties or guarantees that the owner has good title or ownership, but simply conveys whatever interest exists when the deed is executed (transferred) and delivered.


TRANSFER ON DEATH AFFIDAVIT: A TOD Designation Affidavit is an “effective upon death deed” allowing the property owner to directly transfer the ownership of real estate upon the owner’s death to whomever the owner designates by name. The TOD Designation Affidavit, when recorded, permits the direct transfer of the described property to the designated beneficiary upon the death of the owner, avoiding probate administration.  The recording of the transfer is accomplished by filing a death certificate and an affidavit in the Recorder’s office; the affidavit is signed by any person knowing the facts, and that person may be the designated beneficiary.  However, a TOD Designation Affidavit does not eliminate any federal estate taxes that otherwise would have been payable.


LIFE ESTATE INTERESTS:  A life estate is usually created to protect a person’s right to live on property and on that person’s death, have it pass to another.  For example, if you want to give your property to a friend or your children, but you want to live on that property or receive income from it until your death, you can create a life estate.  You would do so by deeding the property to whomever you want to have it on your death and reserving a life estate to yourself until your death.


*We do not provide Title Search Services.


**Note: My office does not practice in Tax Law. If you are concerned about how a real estate transfer can affect your taxes, please consult a tax professional.

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Estate Planning

Wills, Power of Attorney, Durable Power of Attorneys, Living Wills


Power of Attorney.  A Power of Attorney is a document that gives a person the right to handle your affairs should you be living, but not able to handle the affairs on your own.


Durable Power of Attorney.   A Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care is a document used to elect a person to make all of your health decisions, in the event that you are unable to do so.  


Living Will.  A Living Will is a document that is used to proclaim your right to choose to refuse the use of life sustaining equipment in the event of a terminal condition. This would be given to the physician who is caring for you either now or at the time of the possible terminal condition. The physician shall than determine whether you are in a terminal condition.  

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Probate Law

Estates


Estates.  An Estate is filed through Probate Court after a person's death to deal with the assets and debts of the deceased.


*Attorneys fees for Estates are set forth by the Ohio Revised Code.

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